A little girl was stopped on her scooter and her family questioned by police during Melbourne‘s tough lockdown.
The confronting footage was captured by mother-of-four Julie Hollis while her family were out on their daily walk around Footscray, west of Melbourne’s CBD.
Her daughter Elsie, five, was stopped mid-ride as Victoria Police officers checked identification to make sure the family were within 5km of their home.
A Melbourne family-of-six (Elsie Hollis, Mark Hollis, Wilbur Hollis and Edmund Hollis pictured left to right) were stopped by Victoria Police officers on their daily walk
Victoria Police officers stopped the Hollis family (Mr Hollis and daughter Elsie pictured) at a park in Footscray, west of Melbourne CBD, to make sure they were following coronavirus rules
‘We drove down to Footscray park to go for a walk and scooter ride with the kids. It wasn’t scary as we knew police had been in the area.
‘We were kind of expecting we may be asked. But as we knew we were within our 5km we were okay about it,’ Mrs Hollis told Daily Mail Australia.
Melburnians are battling through their tenth week of strict stay-at-home coronavirus measures and are only permitted to exercise for one hour per day.
Mrs Hollis, her husband Mark Hollis, and kids Leo, 13, Wilbur, 9, Edmund, 5, and Elsie often visit the park to get out of their house.
‘The police officers we dealt with were really friendly and respectful during the process.
‘Our oldest two boys were a bit nervous about it and asked questions but the little ones just wanted to know what they were asking,’ Mrs Hollis explained.
The mum and husband, who supply medical staff at festivals, have only been asked for their identification one time.
Victoria Police officers and Australian Defence Force personnel conduct regular patrols throughout Melbourne to ensure restrictions are being followed.
‘It’s crazy, we can only leave the house for four reasons,’ Mrs Hollis said.
Melbourne is currently under a strict stage 4 coronavirus lockdown. The Hollis family have been keeping busy with bike rides, baking (Elsie and Edmund pictured) and online school
Melburnians are only permitted to leave home for one of four essential reasons including exercise, shopping and providing care (Hollis family playing Jenga at home pictured)
Victoria Police (pictured on Bourke Street on Thursday) conduct regular patrols through Melbourne to ensure residents are adhering to coronavirus restrictions
These essential reasons include exercise, providing or receiving care, one household member going shopping and work.
Melburnians are also under a strict curfew and must stay inside between 8pm and 5am every night.
Individuals who fail to self-isolate or follow coronavirus laws can be hit with a $1,652 on-the-spot fine.
It is also mandatory for all Victorians to wear a face covering in public unless they are exercising or have a valid medical condition.
Mrs Hollis said her family were ‘all over’ the harsh restrictions.
‘Especially the kids not being able to do face to face school with their teachers.
‘The younger ones all go to a catholic school and every morning in prayer at least one little prep kid says “I pray for coronavirus to go away so we can go back to school.”
Melburnians who don’t follow coronavirus laws can be hit with a $1,652 on-the-spot fine (Elsie Hollis pictured with homemade cookies at her house in Footscray)
Elsie and Edmund dressed up as senior citizens to celebrate 100 days in kindergarten
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce a roadmap out of Victoria’s current COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday (Leo and Elsie pictured making pasta at home)
‘They all miss their friends and the playgrounds,’ the mother-of-four said.
Mrs Hollis said the family spent lots of time together to pass the long hours at home.
‘We mostly play games, take the dog for a walk, bike rides, scooter rides, play iPads, playstation and watch movies,’ she explained.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday refused to rule out continuing Melbourne’s Stage Four restrictions.
‘Everything is on the table,’ he admitted. ‘It will be driven by the data and the science, how many cases there are, the types of cases there are.’
He is preparing to announce the government’s plan for a pathway out of the current lockdown on Sunday and will release separate roadmaps for Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Victoria announced 113 new cases and 15 additional deaths on Thursday, marking a second day of an increase in cases.
WHAT MELBOURNE’S STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU
State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issued, only $1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 5am except for work, medical, caregiving – no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home
Exercise: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5km away
Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day
Cafes and restaurants stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc
Schools: All students learning from home unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare closed
Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one
Weddings: Completely banned
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and cancelled late at night
Community sport: All community sport across Victoria is now banned. Only exercise is allowed within the permitted public gathering limits of two people.